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The Glorious Gold Dictatorship of Controlitia

“The world looks better from the bottom of a boot”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: 10000 Islands

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Controlitia

Population10.339 billion

CapitalSargobad
LeaderThe Tyrant Grande
FaithTyrantism

CurrencyPuff of Air
AnimalCorpse

The Glorious Gold Dictatorship of Controlitia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Tyrant Grande with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, smutty television, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.339 billion Contrae are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sargobad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Tyrantized economy, worth a remarkable 2,083 trillion Puffs of Air a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 201,556 Puffs of Air, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,321,974 per year while the poor average 12,033, a ratio of 109 to 1.

Garishly-decorated government buildings are being hailed as the height of 'religious nouveau', baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward, the government says that Possession is nine-tenths of the Lore, and wanting a better life for your child is prohibited by a clause in the criminal code. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Controlitia's national animal is the Corpse, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Tyrantism.

Controlitia is ranked 28,009th in the world and 169th in 10000 Islands for Largest Black Market, with 9.48 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 779thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,224thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,618thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,722ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,847thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,402ndTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,498thLargest Mining Sector: 2,562ndMost Avoided: 3,438thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,563rdFattest Citizens: 5,110thLargest Retail Industry: 5,202ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,409thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,886thHighest Average Incomes: 6,433rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,704thHighest Economic Output: 7,735thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,257thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,649thLowest Crime Rates: 9,652ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,949thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,369thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,673rdTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,032ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,034thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,257thMost Conservative: 16,424thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,730thMost Devout: 20,622ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21,282ndMost Pro-Market: 21,653rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21,909thMost Extreme: 22,160thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 22,739th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 22nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 27th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30th in the regionMost Extreme: 38th in the regionMost Avoided: 38th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 43rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 48th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 61st in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 69th in the regionMost Conservative: 73rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 75th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 81st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 87th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 92nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 92nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 100th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 103rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 120th in the region

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